Tyler Mawhinney edges out Matthew French in clay-court clash for Greater Jacksonville junior title


Matthew French of Orange Park birdied four in a row on the back nine at Eagle Harbor on Tuesday in the second round of the Greater Jacksonville Junior Championship.

It wasn’t enough.

Tyler Mawhiney, playing on his home course, parried the 18th hole at French’s bogey and won the boys’ overall title by a stroke at 2 under par 142 in a battle between the Clay County juniors.

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Mawhinney had his good streak on the front nine, opening with two birdies and adding two more at Nos. 8 and 9. He withstood two bogeys at the back and the rally from French, which saw him fire the low round of the tournament with a 69.

Mawhinney finished with a 70.

connor williams of Lake City and Chase McBride of St. Augustine both posted an equal par 72 in the second round to place third at 2 of 146.

Sahana Chokshi of Jacksonville had a 73 in the final round and easily won the girls’ overall title at 5 of 149. Alyzabeth Morgan (76) and Shanya Arasu (78) tied for second at age 12.

Deerwood welcomes JAGA Amateur

The 61st Jacksonville Area Golf Association Amateur Championship will be held July 21-23 at Deerwood Country Club. This is the first amateur JAGA at Deerwood since Colin Monagle won in 2013.

mike smith is the defending champion, but paternity may prevent him from making it two in a row. His wife Karine must give birth at any time.

The tournament has 81 players, down from 78, with a waiting list of 20 players. The minimum handicap to play is 6.0 but 54 players are scratch or a higher handicap.

The age range ranges from 18 to players in their 60s, with two other former champions playing, Duke Butler IV (2009, Palencia) and Davis Rock (2018, Jacksonville Golf and Country Club).

All but three of the players are from Florida, but one has come a long way to the first coast, Augustin Tarigo from Uruguay, who is the 110th player in the world amateur ranking.

The tournament will be held in San Jose next year, Timuquana in 2024, Jacksonville Golf and County Club in 2025, Sawgrass Country Club in 2026 and Jacksonville Beach in 2027.

Two busy weeks for Schroeder

Kaitlyn Schröder of Jacksonville will play a lot of golf over the next two weeks, mostly in match play.

Schroeder will play the U.S. Junior Girls Kickoff starting Monday at the Olde Stone Club in Bowling Green, Ky. She will play at 8:06 a.m. Monday and 1:21 p.m. Tuesday in stroke play qualifying, with the the top 64 players will qualify for match play on Wednesday. The 36-hole final will take place on July 23.

Schroeder won three games last year to advance to the quarter-finals.

Schroeder will then head to Lakewood Golf Club in Point Clear, Alabama to play for Florida in Game 5 of the Southeast Challenge against Georgia and Alabama. Schroeder is one of two juniors on the 12-man squad, along with six amateurs and four seniors.

The biennial competition will be two days of four-ball, foursome and three-ball matches. Florida and Georgia are tied for the lead with two wins each since the event began in 2012. Georgia won at Amelia Island Long Point in 2018 and the 2020 games were canceled due to the pandemic.

Schroeder is second in Florida and sixth in the world in the junior golf scorecard rankings and seventh in the AJGA rankings. So far this season she has won the AJGA Rolex Junior Girls Championship and finished second with Cobbler Bailey in the United States Women’s Four-Ball and fifth in the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur.

First T-Leadership Summit

Alanis Santiago Maldonado and Dominique Clayton of the First Tee-North Florida will participate in the second annual Leadership Summit August 1-12 at West Creek Ranch in Montana, owned by the PGA Tour Superstore Chairman and member of the First Tee Board of Directors Arthur M. White.

They are among 40 young people selected from across the country to attend two sessions, August 1-5 and August 8-12.

The bottom 40 have an average GPA of 3.85. The summit aims to build leadership skills through outdoor and team-building activities that aim to promote personal growth, education, positive risk taking, relationship building and identifying character strengths.

First Tee members will participate in activities such as golf, fly fishing, yoga, meditation, horseback riding, archery, rafting and hiking.

To be eligible for the Summit, juniors participated in a five-week leadership series that was held at PGA Tour Superstore locations across the country this spring. The teens also filled out nominations and were selected based on character conduct criteria.

Eight for Bandon Dunes

Carson Brewer leads eight First Coast players in the US Junior Boys July 25-30 at Bandon Dunes.

Brewer is bye after reaching the quarter-finals last year at the Country Club of North Carolina. The qualifiers are Luke Balskiewicz, Miles Russell, Phillip Dunham, Andrew McLauchlan, Sam Davis, Nolan Harper and Matthew French.

Balaskiewicz won his qualifier at the University of Georgia Golf Course on July 2 with a course record 61.

Contact Garry Smits at [email protected]


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